Air Conditioning Keeps Your Home Cool – And Dry.

Everyone knows that a good air conditioning system can keep your home cool even on the hottest, muggiest days. But did you know that part of the reason your air conditioner works so well at keeping you cool is because it keeps you dry, too? That’s because air conditioning systems remove moisture from the air in your home – and that’s an important component to staying comfortable on hot, humid days.

According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, or ASHRAE, air conditioning helps maintain suitable humidity throughout your home, and helps free the air from excessive moisture during the humid months. In fact, ASHRAE offers that humidity control more than temperature control was the original catalyst for the development of air conditioning. Why is it so important to control humidity in the home? Much of it has to do with your health.

Humid conditions are perfect for the growth of mold and mildew.

Living in a moldy home is not good for anyone, and can be especially problematic for people dealing with lung conditions. People with asthma and allergies can become very ill when exposed to certain types of mold. Not to mention, warm, humid conditions are the ideal breeding ground for many forms of bacteria. As you can imagine, too much dampness in your home can cause the growth of a whole host of unwanted “guests.” Having effective air conditioning can help cut down on the conditions that encourage mold, mildew and bacteria growth.

You should know, in very humid environments a conventional air conditioning system is probably not enough on its own to control humidity. ASHRAE recommends staying at 60 percent relative humidity or lower in your home. If you find moisture is a problem in your home, you may need a dehumidifier in addition to your air conditioning system. If you choose the Bryant Evolution® Variable-Speed air conditioner for your home, there is no need for additional dehumidification. This system not only provides top-of-the-line energy efficiency and comfort control, but also optimal dehumidification.

If your home is more humid than you’d like during the summer months, Family Danz can help. It’s always our goal to make sure you’re cool and comfortable all summer long. To learn more about air conditioning and home dehumidification, give us a call at (518) 427-8685, and one of our friendly associates will get back to you soon.

Have You Called For Your AC Maintenance Yet?

With the heat of summer fast approaching, it’s important that your air conditioning system is ready. That’s why you need to call Family Danz right away to get the maintenance you need to keep your system running great. Maintaining your air conditioning system is one of the best ways you can ensure effective, efficient operation all summer long. Not to mention, getting regular AC is important to the life of your system. We’re happy to provide maintenance plans that help keep your air conditioning system in perfect shape.

If you don’t maintain your system, you can be in for a whole host of issues. The most common problem comes from a dirty system. Clogged filters and air coils can make your system operate much less efficiently, and can eventually lead to issues that might require repairs. Worse yet, an unkempt air conditioning system can become a place for mold and bacteria to collect. Not only will this cause inefficiency in your system, but it also can lead to poor indoor air quality.

Getting maintenance for your system is important for the health and comfort of you and your family.

When you choose us for your air conditioning maintenance needs, you’ll enjoy a number of benefits. Aside from your annual service and tune-up appointment with us, you’ll also receive:

  • Priority scheduling for emergency service
  • 15 percent discount on parts and labor
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • No overtime rates

Preventive maintenance is important to the life and efficiency of your home’s air conditioning system. We can get you the maintenance you need to keep your air conditioning system running perfectly now and for years to come. Scheduling service with us is easy. You can call us at 518.427.8685, or schedule an appointment with a Family Danz technician by filling out our convenient online form.

Getting Ahead of Spring Allergies

For most allergy sufferers, March often comes in like a lamb, and goes out like a lion – a big, sneezing lion! Once spring arrives and everything starts to blossom, pollen is everywhere – both outside and inside. Not to mention, the rain and dampness of spring likely brings with it mold and fungus that can wreak havoc with someone’s allergies. What can you do to make your home a sanctuary once allergy season starts? You may want to consider installing some products that can make the indoor air you breathe healthier.

The first place you should start when it comes to fresher air in your home is, quite simply, your system’s filter. Today’s filters do a great job of keeping dirt, allergens and microbes out of the air in your home, but they lose their effectiveness and efficiency once they become dirty. When your system is being used frequently, your filter needs to be changed more often – and fortunately, this is something you can easily do yourself. Of course, if you’re worried about changing them on your own, the pros at Family Danz can show you how or do it for you.

Air cleaners are another way you can improve the air you breathe.

Air cleaners can help to remove allergens in the air you breathe in your home. They help to ensure your home’s air is healthier, cleaner and more comfortable for you and your family by stopping dirt, dust, pollen, dander and more from entering the air as it circulates through your comfort system. These systems are ideal for households that include allergy sufferers, those more susceptible to airborne germs like infants, the elderly, or people with compromised immune systems, and those sensitive to the effects of allergens like pollen and pets.

Of course, at Family Danz we’ll be happy to talk to you about how you can get healthier, fresher air in your home, from changing the filter in your home’s HVAC system to installing equipment that can provide advanced air cleaning. We can help you get the solutions you need, so you’ll be ahead of allergy season this year! Just give us a call at 518.427.8685 and we will be happy to help you.

March is the Right Time to Schedule Spring Maintenance

ac_preventive_maintenanceSpring is right around the corner, and while you’re probably not ready to run your air conditioner yet, you may be thinking about getting it ready for the warmer weather ahead. Preventive maintenance is a very important part of keeping your air conditioning system running its best and most efficient. And, when you have your air conditioner serviced on an annual basis, you’re also ensuring that it enjoys a longer life – and who doesn’t want their home comfort equipment to last as long as it possibly can?

Every air conditioning system requires regular maintenance to ensure it’s running at maximum efficiency. Keeping it properly maintained on an annual basis will help to lower your utility bills, reduce the need for service calls, increase efficiency and prolong the lifespan of your equipment. When you choose a preferred service agreement with Family Danz, your system will receive a professional cleaning and precision tune-up. Air conditioning maintenance includes:

• Refrigerant charge check
• Electrical components check
• Air filter check
• Condensate drainage check
• Overall efficiency check
• Condenser coils check

When you call Family Danz, we can help you with the preventive maintenance you need to ensure your system stays running all summer long, no matter how hot it gets outside. Our technicians have been specially trained to maintain virtually all makes and models of air conditioning equipment. When you choose Family Danz Heating & Cooling for your air conditioning maintenance needs, you’ll receive the following additional benefits as well:

• Priority Scheduling for Emergency Services
• 15% Discount on Parts & Labor
• 24-Hour Emergency Service
• No Overtime Rates

And scheduling your annual preventive maintenance appointment with us is easy. You can either give us a call at 518-427-8685 or fill out our convenient online contact form, and one of our friendly representatives will be happy to help you set up your appointment with us.

What Lurks Inside Your Ductwork?

Summer is now just a memory for residents of Saratoga, N.Y. and the Capital District of New York State, and that means soon they will start preparing to button down for the long, cold winter months around the corner.

That will mean furnaces that have been resting for several months will soon come back to life. But what has been going on inside your heating ductwork even as it lay dormant through the spring and summer?

At Family Danz Heating & Cooling, we recommend a thorough, professional cleaning of heating ductwork well before turning your system on for the first time in the fall. Just about everyone has experienced that blast of nasty, dirty air coming through their registers the first time the furnace is turned on in the fall, as the debris trapped in the ducts and accumulating over the summer starts to work loose and fly out into the room.

Just think about what could be inside there — unclean heating ducts can have a buildup of dirt, dust, mold, mites, bugs and bug droppings, rodent remnants, and other flotsam that isn‘t easy on the human lungs. And if you think you are OK because you always keep a clean furnace filter installed, you are wrong — that filter only cleans the air going into the furnace, leaving the air coming out unfiltered, delivering all of those pesky particles right into the air you breathe.

You know it‘s inevitable that the cold weather will soon return, so why not make sure your entire heating system is up to all of the challenges the winter will be throwing at it this season? Give Family Danz a call today for an expert cleaning and inspection of your heating apparatus, and rest easy knowing you are ready for whatever the cold months send your way. Well, except for the snow shoveling part — you are on your own there.

Family Danz Heating & Cooling is a full-service heating and air conditioning contractor, offering sales and service in Saratoga, N.Y. and throughout the Capital District of New York State. If you would like more information on any of our services, call us at 518-427-8685.

Get Rid of Air Contaminants

To maximize the efficiency of the air conditioning system in your Schenectady, N.Y. area home or office, you’ll want to close your doors and windows to seal out the heat of the summer and lock in the coolness your AC provides.

At the same time, however, you could be sealing in all kinds of air contaminants.

Family Danz Heating & Cooling are the experts in making sure you are comfortable all year round, and that means more than just maintaining a suitable temperature. The air quality around you is also a major concern, especially when you are cooped up on those hot summer days. There can be all kinds of contaminants in the air — from dirt, dust, and pollen to mold, mildew, and bacteria. And if you have pets, the amount of air contamination rises significantly.

Those contaminants can build up in the air ducts running through your home or business. This can constrict the airflow and increase your utility bills, while causing unneeded extra wear and tear on the machinery. These pollutants can also cause sickness, especially if you or any member of the family have allergies or are especially susceptible to airborne viruses.

Your friendly Family Danz technician can clean out those dusty ducts, making sure you have only clean air flowing through them. Our cleaning equipment can get right into the nooks and crannies of your ductwork to find whatever is lurking inside. Once it is removed, you’ll literally be able to feel the difference in the air.

When the ducts are clean, you can help keep them that way by having our technician install a high efficiency air cleaner to remove those particles. A whole-house air filtration system will mean a healthier environment for everyone in the family, and a more comfortable area whenever you are closed up inside to get away from the weather extremes outside.

For more than 30 years, Family Danz has made homes and offices more comfortable throughout the Schenectady, N.Y. area. If your own air quality isn’t what it should be, give us a call for an expert air quality inspection.

Family Danz Heating & Cooling is a full-service heating and air conditioning contractor, offering sales and service in the Capital District of New York State. If you would like more information on any of our services, call us today at 518-427-8685.

Ah-Choo? You Need IAQ!

Your eyes are watery. Your nose is stuffy and itchy. And, every few minutes or so, you feel the urge to sneeze. Spring is in the air… and so are seasonal allergies. While we can’t help clear the outside air, Family Danz can help make the indoor air you breathe a bit more tolerable.

Many different circumstances can increase the amount of pollutants inside your home, such as poor ventilation, high humidity levels, and lifestyle (pets, smoking). Mold, mildew, dust, pollen, pet dander and smoke can all accumulate and lead to health and comfort problems. Luckily, Family Danz can help. We provide IAQ products and services that can help you breathe easier indoors, year round.

Air Cleaners: Let’s face it – while your home comfort system does a great job of keeping your home cool or warm, it also circulates allergens and germs through the air, too, if it isn’t properly filtered. Air cleaning technology removes allergens from the air when they pass through the filters of your cooling and heating units.

An air cleaning system is ideal for homeowners who suffer from allergies, as well as those who are susceptible to illness such as infants, the elderly and those whose immune systems are suppressed. An effective air cleaner ensures that your home is clean, comfortable and healthier for you and your family.

The system will stop dirt and dust from entering the air and will clean the air throughout your home. The end result? The air is cleaned faster and more effectively, and you breathe fresher air continually inside your home.

Humidifiers: Even though overly moist air can cause indoor air quality concerns like mold and mildew, overly dry air can cause issues, too, especially in the winter months. Itchy, cracked skin, dry nasal passages, static electricity and cracked, warped woodwork are all the results of too-dry indoor air, not to mention it can also reduce the effectiveness and efficiency of your heating system.

By installing a humidifier in your home, you will not only help remedy the above concerns, but you’ll also enjoy cleaner indoor air. That’s because adding airborne moisture helps to cut down on the dust and other irritants in the air you breathe.

Duct Cleaning: What’s lurking in your air ducts? You probably don’t want to know! All sorts of things can accumulate in your ducts – dirt, dust, mold, animal hair, rodent nests – and can contaminate the air you breathe.

Family Danz has the latest technology and equipment to clean and sanitize the ductwork in your home. Our technician will bring the most up-to-date vacuum system, connect it to your ductwork and remove the debris in your ducts. Through our process of using high-speed compression and exterior evacuation of dirt and other debris from your ducts, we ensure that your indoor air quality is the best it can be.

If you think that improving your indoor air will improve the quality of your life, why not give us a call at ? And breathe easy knowing you’ll get the quality service you deserve from a company you know and trust.

More Than Just HVAC

Family Danz has been treating our heating and air conditioning clientele like family for more than 30 years, selling and installing new HVAC systems while maintaining and repairing existing apparatus.

But the offerings at Family Danz go far beyond just keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Getting stuffy inside the home or work place? We have the cutting edge technology and equipment for complete duct cleaning and sanitization. Improper ventilation can increase the amount of pollutants and germs found indoors, possibly developing into health problems. Our full duct cleaning service removes air contaminants through a high-speed compression and exterior evacuation process.

Family Danz can check your indoor air quality for any situations where air purification is needed, and recommend and install the necessary equipment. An air cleaner removes allergens from the air and is recommended for people with allergies, anyone — especially babies and the elderly — susceptible to germs in the air, and folks especially sensitive to pollen and pet dander.

Is the humidity level uncomfortable? Whether it is too high or too low, we can also check the moisture and hook you up with either the proper humidifier or dehumidifier to bring the humidity to a suitable level of comfort.

Air that is too dry can cause irritation to the skin, dried out nasal passages, static electricity shocks, cracks in the woodwork, and even stress on your heating system. The humidifier adds airborne moisture to alleviate these problems, while also reducing the dust and other contaminants in the air.

Air that is too moist can be just as bad, creating a breeding ground for mold and mildew. The dehumidifier takes that moisture from the air to leave it drier and more comfortable.

Your experienced Family Danz professional will perform a thorough inspection of your home to recommend exactly the right equipment for whatever you need in function, safety, and budget. All recommendations are tailored personally for you and based on your own unique situation.

For professional advice on any of your heating, air conditioning, and air quality concerns, call Family Danz today at .